# Changing Units Problem

Hello, perhaps you could help with a problem.

Suppose a pulsar rotates once every 1.400 806 448 872 75 + or - 5 ms, where the trailing + or - 5 indicates the uncertainty in the last decimal place (it does not mean + or - 5ms).

a. How many times does the pulsar rotate in 30.0 days?
I solved this one, 30days(60s/min)(60min/hr)(24hr/day) = 1.85(10^9)

b. How much time does the pulsar take to rotate 2.0(10^6) times?

c. What is the associated uncertainty of this time?

It's these last two that are giving me issues, for b. I figured you just multiply the amount of rotations by the time it takes to rotate, I came up with 2801.61 s but according to webassign is wrong. I even stuffed it with 2 zeros to go out 4 decimal places. I'm just not sure about c, though I need the answer to b. to start.

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scmejla said:
Hello, perhaps you could help with a problem.

Suppose a pulsar rotates once every 1.400 806 448 872 75 + or - 5 ms, where the trailing + or - 5 indicates the uncertainty in the last decimal place (it does not mean + or - 5ms).

a. How many times does the pulsar rotate in 30.0 days?
I solved this one, 30days(60s/min)(60min/hr)(24hr/day) = 1.85(10^9)
Your notation is misleading! (30)(60)(60)(24)= 2592000. Then you multiplied by 1000 ms/s and divided by 1.400 806 448 872 75 ms.

b. How much time does the pulsar take to rotate 2.0(10^6) times?